Last year, Der Baron was rocking DH courses asThe Rain King. However, we quickly realizedThat it was suited for much moreThen justThe wet conditionsThatThe name might have implied. Many foundThe rounded profileTo be particularly good as a frontTire, but purely personal preference. With a fairly-open, symmetrical pattern,TheTire does very well in a wide variety of conditions. Intended use: Mountain Color: BlackTire Diameter: 26”Tire Bead: Folding
Strengths: If you live in the UK or anywhere damp I imagine, these are outstanding tires. That can be reflected in the price for the black chili version. But grip on rocks, roots, slabs, anything slimy or shiny is unreal. So good that I bought two pairs, one of 2.5 for the DH bike and 2.35 for the enduro machine. They are by far the best tires I have owned for the wet. I love them. I love how they feel and their smell.....sexy.
Weaknesses: They can be an obstinate bugger to get on an off a rim, but thats because the black chili miracle compound wants to hug everything.
They also wear faster than others if they are abused. Before you skid or slide, remember its a £50 tire!
A mate has the regular rubber versions, and he thinks they are okay, but not great. Get the black chili.
Great tire for any wet or damp conditions that boosts confidence in roots, off camber sections with its cheeky rubber compound that will hurt in the pocket, but help you have a sweet ride. They are the icing on the cake for me.